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Hustler Magazine Turns 40, Parties In L.A.: A Peak Behind the Scenes as Larry Flynt Celebrates in Style

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.13.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

The black-and-gold JPEG invitation arrived in my inbox back in June, miraculously dodging the spam filter. "You and a guest are invited to join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary." It was from Hustler magazine.

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

James Peron | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society. I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before.

The Limits of Reagan's Optimism

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Reagan projected an inclusive form of optimism for certain citizens. Yet Reagan's was far from universal and shut out too many Americans.

Cruz Wooing Critical GOP Voting Bloc

Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT And ALAN SUDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Possible presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is auditioning at one of the n...

'Son Of God' Is Already A Massive Hit With Religious Groups

Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment

In news that will surprise no one, religious groups are already deifying "Son of God," even if it doesn't open for another week. Compassion Intern...

The Next Michele Bachmann

Mother Jones | Patrick Caldwell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Liberals rejoiced when Michele Bachmann announced her intention to retire from Congress at the end of 2014. Bachmann will no longer be around to carry...

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Christians Need To Face It: We're All Gay

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If all it takes to be seduced over to the gay "dark side" is to earn a merit badge together, certainly we are all susceptible to the gay mojo. So I guess it's time for us to face the facts.

After Bringing Guns On School Grounds, This Student Was Offered A Scholarship

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion

Well, this isn’t the typical path to a college scholarship. North Carolina high school senior David Cole Withrow was offered a scholarship to Lib...

Controversial School Now Largerst Private Nonprofit University In The Country

Washington Post | Posted 03.07.2013 | College

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The small Baptist college that television preacher Jerry Falwell founded here in 1971 has capitalized on the online education boom ...

Hustler v. Falwell: 25 Years of Protected Satire

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Media
Roy S. Gutterman

The landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v. Falwell turned 25 this week. When a Supreme Court precedent reaches this age, its legacy is either firmly developed or lost to the history books.

Marginalizing American Women to Second Class Status

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

To keep hearing the same political debates around our country regarding abortion, women's pay, and women's health is so surreal that sometimes I feel like a time-traveling protagonist in a sci-fi film, in which I missed a turn and went back a century.

It's Those Damned Homosexuals Again!

Lynette Mae | Posted 12.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

Have you seen the latest ultra-conservative preacher's assertion that the current storm on record -- Hurricane Sandy -- is our fault? The LGBT community that is.

God And Natural Disasters: It's The Gays' Fault?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Last week ultra-right-wing rabbi Noson Leiter referred to Hurricane Sandy as "divine justice" for the state of New York's 2011 legalization of marriage for same-sex couples. Conservative Christian leaders have long held LGBT people responsible for natural disasters.

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.

When Mere Mortals Talk With God

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Dorian de Wind

I have difficulty accepting that those who preach hate, intolerance and just plain evil from the pulpit, the Amud, the minbar or from whatever elevated religious or political position they hold, are hearing and relaying the Word of God.

I'm With Stupid: The Seditious Evil That Is SpongeBob Squarepants

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not here to defend the Teletubbies, though, because, to be frank, they scare the living crap out of me. If they should be banned in Ukraine or anywhere else, I would absolutely applaud such a decision. SpongeBob, on the other hand, is a different story.

The Republican National Convention: Where Social Darwinism Meets Theocracy

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As it stands, we get the Social Darwinism without the libertarianism, and the religious strictures on individual behavior without the compassion for the poor and the valuing of peace. In other words, we get the worst of both ideologies.

Religious Right Turns 33: What Have We Learned?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Dr. Falwell said it was time to stand for what is right. I wanted to stand for what is right. But even then, my teenage mind wasn't sure that he had effectively navigated how faith should mingle with politics. I'm even less sure today.

The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Striving for the Moral Absolute of Equality

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Let's assume a presidential candidate had come out against interracial marriage. How many of us would be inclined to vote for him or her? Until 1967, supporters of such a ban used pretty much the same theology-based arguments their ideological heirs use today to rail against same-sex marriage.

Open Letter To Liberty University

James Robison | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
James Robison

Many times while attempting not to compromise biblical truth or convictions, Christians actually compromise the Lord's commandments to love our neighbor, to love one another and to love those who are considered enemies.

If He Were President, the Far Right Would Lead Romney Around by a Ring in His Nose

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

When you have no core values, it's always much easier to go along with the demands of passionate, committed true-believers than it is to stand your ground. And the Far Right knows this is true.

Mitt Romney To Speak At Liberty University

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney will give the commencement address next month at Liberty University, which touts itself as the "largest Christian University in the world....

I'm With Stupid: Skiing Teletubbies and the Death of Spontaneity

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.27.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Nowadays kids can hardly do anything without a parent or friend insisting they wait a few minutes while the cameras come out. It's ridiculous.